Friday, 30 June 2017

Teacher, Don’t Teach Me Nonsense –2

The second part of the essay by former governorship aspirant in the gubernatorial elections in 2015 in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti. Read the first entry here.
“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead” Aristotle (384-322BC).
“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with college education” Mark Twain (1835-1910)

We open the second phase of our discourse of education with two great quotes from two great minds. Aristotle and Mark Twain need no introduction. Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist, who together with Plato and Socrates laid the foundation for what is today referred to as Western Philosophy. His contributions cut across logic, metaphysics, mathematics, physics, biology, botany, ethics, agriculture, medicine, and politics. He was a student of Plato, who was in turn, a student of Socrates. He is often referred to as the father of logic. One of his theories that I like so much is called syllogism. Simply put, syllogism refers to a sound reasoning that says that “if A is equal to B and B is equal to C, then A is equal to C.” To Aristotle, to the extent that the premises of an argument are true, then the conclusions are guaranteed to be true.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Your Bluetooth is not Discoverable

All hail Alphasoars . . . 

Happy Sallah celebrations, happy Eid to my Muslim friends. Shebi yesterday was sallah? and I was expecting some chevon or beef but alas I was disappointed. There is God ooo!!!
Anyways Happy holidays all.

I was on a taxi heading to my house. Those in the taxi were busy with boring news and dissecting what may never be. I quickly brought out my phone to play me some music.
Robert Kelly was giving me some tunes, bad as it may, my ear phones were not closer so the person closer to me was hearing the song playing. The person closer to me, A God Created Lady asked me to transfer the song to her. The available option was through Bluetooth. So we put on our Bluetooth for the transfer to take place.

We had to pair first. I couldn't find her phone as I searched for available devices. She tried same and same result. I now realized that the discoverable option on the Bluetooth settings was not activated. We had to select the option and then re-searched, paired then the transfer was completed.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

How I Practiced Babalawo On a Friend

All hail Alphasoars . . .
How has the soaring gone. Budget is signed, can we see the CHANGE we've always anticipated or are we going to continue dancing the same song played by 'the blame game lords'.

If you grew up in the ghetto or rather in the village, you will have come in contact with some native practices. Some of which are spiritually propelled. Some ghetto lifestyle are propelled by the environment one finds himself. Many people who have lived in the village and later migrate to the city may not find the need to carry hoes on their shoulders and heading to the farm. This may be because of the absence of farming areas. That is why it is somewhat difficult to find babalawos in the cities, though today they have developed adaptive features that allow them to migrate to the cities without much discomfort.

Growing up in the village, I came to understand that what you what, you could actually get by any means you would wish especially when it seems the clear legal route is blocked. Back in the days, for our play group, we always have to challenge ourselves to tasks. Good one and equally the bad ones. We fight for superiority. I remember fighting my best friend when he seems 'to be growing wings' and trying to encroach into my territory. The most beautiful thing about the village is the 'life of adventure'.

You enter thick forest, with clear thinking that meeting an adder is inevitable but still, you keep moving especially when you are bound on a task that must be accomplished. Adventure and curiosity continued driving us till we figured out how to hit back on those that offend us.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Please, Press Spoil!

All hail Alphasoars . . .

Let's do a short post today . . .!!!

When was the last time you pressed the spoil button? Many people are too afraid, they never attempt new things. It takes only the adventurous minds to press the spoil button. Our Christian friends will not forget in a hurry what the wisest king said in his writings.
In Ecclesiastes, the third chapter and in the first verse he told us that "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"
I know some people will give me a nod but try to add exceptions. But I beg to disagree on the exceptions you are trying to invent. He said everything and that includes the good, the bad and the ugly.
Why people are not pressing the spoil button is because they don't want to make mistakes or attract serious queries from their superiors.
It is very very unfair to not press the spoil button because, the chances that you will continue to repeat a cycle is there. In other sense, seeing a spoil button means that it must be pressed now or in the nearest future. You will be trying to not make mistakes and by that, you avoid knowing 'how bad it is' to know 'how to make it good'. Inventors are people that that have made mistakes. People that have tried pushing the publicly known 'spoil button' and the not 'so known spoil button'.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Spirit of Nigeria

All hail Alphasoars . . . !!!

It is rainy season in Nigeria. A time characterised by a high amount of rainfall that leaves the weather cool and wet. A season most despised because of the frequent rains and the obstructions it brings to all and sundry.
To business groups, it is mostly despised as it hinders the influx of customers who are in their homes finding shelter against the heavy and frequent downpours.

The weather affects the religious groups who hold outdoor gatherings. Due to the lower standard of electrical installations across the country, ranging from telecommunication mask to television base stations and even the electricity installations, there is a slight drop or most times, a complete outage of the services that these installations power.

The spirit of Nigeria is the spirit of courage and determination. A spirit that never gives up on life. Nigerians are found in almost every country of the world. They are super hustlers. Their tempo towards a given task is always that of winning, success and breakthrough.

Despite the economic downturns in the country, a firing spirit can be visibly seen at work in the hearts and minds of Nigerians.

The spirit of Nigeria is the spirit that never quits despite 'the little'.

The spirit of Nigeria is the spirit that dares political leaders to lead with carefulness.

It is the spirit that divides the red sea of drought to pull a multitude of fishes to the shore.

It is that spirit that wakes up an idea and carries on with it through actualisation.

The spirit of Nigeria is the spirit that spells 'ethnicity' with 'one'.

The spirit of Nigeria is a spirit that is consumed in immortality. It rings the bells of 'our heroes past'.

The spirit of Nigeria is the spirit that leads other nations, that counsels with authority, that consoles with soothing words, that preaches and practices true unity and friendship.

Arise, oh courageous soldiers,
Put on your armour, you builders,
Approach the enemies den,
For all their hisses, roars and growls of feign
Under our will, they must fall.

Happy Soaring!!!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

"Prove thy servants . . . and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink"

In a hasty world, everybody is damn so busy. We consider important things last as long as the consequences are not going to materialize 'in a minute'.
Health is wealth, they say but we avoid the road to being healthy. A life consumed by stress needs twice of the time stressed to refresh. The Babylonian King sought him young men, fresh, sound, well able and capable (mentally and psychologically and physiological) to be his ministers. In other words, he was looking for healthy individuals.

The three Hebrews citizens, Shedrack, Meshack and Abednego were among the captives that were recruited for the kingly service at the palace of Nebuchadzer. They understand that their facial appearance matters too as well as their mental capabilities.
When they understood that the idolatrous meals been served were against their beliefs, they differed and begged to be served pulse and water. The Chief of Staff in charge of the recruits feared for his life (not his job because tyrants don't punish by relieving but by killing), he intimated them on the consequences of wearing a sad, long face before the emperor by not eating.

But, understanding the two food that the Hebrews demanded could have saved him of the sweat of analyzing all the cost and effects of abstaining from the palace meals.
Pulse according to Wikipedia is a plant or its fruit or seed in the family Fabaceae. Legumes are grown agriculturally, primarily for their grain seed called pulse, for livestock forage and silage, and as soil-enhancing green manure. We refer mostly to them as beans.
Pulse is rich in needed nutrients necessary for man’s growth. It contains a higher level of protein and other vitamins. A quick check, rates pulse as the highest source of plant protein. The protein content in a given amount of pulse is put at about 25%. 

Monday, 5 June 2017

I Am OK!

All hail Alphasoars!!! How has the soaring gone? I perceive, 'smooth'.
Happy New Month. I want to use this medium to inform, remind and update all Alphasoars that my birthday is fast approaching and you'all know what's up, right? Lols.

It is June 11!

Today's topic is not about me though it sounds personal. I want us to look at ourselves and ask, and answer truthfully, "How am I".

It sounds so simple but when you look at it critically, you will discover its complexity. It demands a simple answer but requires an indepth analysis. Humans have through the time made themselves the worst pretenders. They give a reply to questions like this in so simple a manner. They give you the "I am fine" response while they bottle up the "I am not completely fine" symptoms by all means.

To give the 'I am fine' response, one must be completely sound Mentally, Psychologically, physiologically and Emotionally.
A complete analysis of your present state should tell you if you are fine. When you are emotionally disturbed and distracted, there is that higher percentage that you are going to be irrational in dealing with other people's feelings.
There are two things I found out that could make you not to be fine emotionally, psychologically, mentally and emotionally and I will also tell you how to handle them effectively.